Telegram recently introduced a new premium service for the first time. The application prides itself on staying away from ads and it has opted for the next best option to generate revenue: a subscription service. With an almost unlimited number of instant messaging applications on the market, why would any user want to pay for one? Well, Telegram thinks it has some unique features on offer which will justify that cost. Also Read - Telegram only needs a small number of paid subscribers to cover its costs
Telegram Premium promises to deliver some exclusive features and the app also claims it is a good way to let users support the platform. The second reason may be noble but not a lot of users would want to pay just to support an app. Instead, the additional features are what most premium users will be willing to shell out some money for. Also Read - Telegram Premium: Here’s how much it costs in India
Telegram Premium Price in India: The Telegram Premium subscription is being offered at a price of Rs 460 per month. Also Read - Telegram announces Telegram Premium: Here are the top features coming to it
Which features make Telegram Premium, ‘Premium-worthy’?
Telegram claims it will offer all the resource-heavy features that users have been demanding for many years. It offers benefits such as doubled limits, 4 GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and reactions, improved chat management – and more.
Let’s go through some of these features:
Premium Doubled Limits
Premium users get increased limits for almost everything in the app. With Premium, you can follow up to 1000 channels, create up to 20 chat folders with up to 200 chats each, add a fourth account to any Telegram app, pin 10 chats in the main list and save up to 10 favorite stickers.
4 GB Uploads
Standard Telegram users can upload large files and media, each up to 2 GB in size storage in the Telegram Cloud for free. With Telegram Premium, subscribers can send 4 GB files. However an interesting bit is that all Telegram users can download these extra-large documents, regardless of whether they are subscribed to Telegram Premium.
Premium Faster Downloads
Beyond uploads, Premium subscribers will be able to download media and files at the fastest possible speed. The user can access everything in their unlimited cloud storage as fast as the network can keep up.
All limits on Telegram will be extended for Premium users. The premium users can follow up to 1000 channels, create up to 20 chat folders with up to 200 chats each, add a fourth account to any Telegram app, pin 10 chats in the main list and save up to 10 favorite stickers. You even get extended limits for even basic features. You can write a longer bio and include a link in it as well. Similarly, Premium allows adding more characters to media captions.
Voice messages can be converted to text for those times you don’t want to listen, but want to see what it says. You can rate transcriptions to help improve them.
Stickers now get full-screen animations, which Premium users can send in any chat. This premium sticker collection will be updated monthly by Telegram artists. Premium members will also get access to more emojis to react to messages, with over 10 new emojis.
Telegram Premium includes new tools to organize chat list – like changing your default chat folder so the app always opens on a custom folder or, say, Unread instead of All Chats.
Animated Profile Pictures
The profile videos of premium users will animate for everyone throughout the app – including in chats and the chat list.
Premium Premium Badges
All premium users get a Premium badge that appears next to their name in the chat list, chat headers, and member lists in groups.
Premium users will be able to add Telegram icons to their phone Home Screens. The user will be able to choose from a premium star, night sky, or turbo-plane.
In some countries, Sponsored Messages are shown in large, public one-to-many channels. These ads will no longer appear for subscribers of Telegram Premium.